A Certain Sacrifice Trivia
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Thanks to AidanThe Director, Stephen Jon Lewicki, has out-take footage from the film which has been shown on many programs discussing Madonna. One out-take features Madonna in a limo scene where she is singing the chorus "Let the Sunshine in" from the musical Hair. This is the first known copy to exist of Madonna singing and has been deemed special by her fans. Downloadable versions are available on the internet.
Thanks to Bridgette MarieWhen nude photographs of Madonna (taken when she was modeling nude to support herself in New York) were published by playboy and Penthouse in September 1985, it was her lack of control over the situation that Madonna found most disturbing. "The thing that annoyed me most wasn't so much that they were nude photographs but that I felt really out of control for the first time in what I thought to be several years of careful planning and knowing what was going to happen."
Thanks to Bridgette MarieIn highschool, one of Madonna's favorite books was "Lady Chatterley's Lover" by D.H. Lawrence.
Thanks to Bridgette MarieIn 1977, Madonna ran away to New York City where she auditioned for and won a dance scholarship to dance with the Alvin Ailey American Dance theater. She later studied the famous Martha Grahm technique under the direction of one of Grahms dance soloists, Pearl Lang.
Thanks to Bridgette MarieIn 1979, Madonna moved to France to join French disco singer Patrick Hernandez on his international tour.
Thanks to Bridgette MarieIn 1979, Madonna worked as a coat-check girl in the Russian Tea Room. Manager Gregory Camillucci hired Madonna at $4.50 an hour. After two months, Camillucci fired her. Camillucci remembers firing Madonna, "She took it well. I didn't come right out and say she was terribly dressed or anything of that sort. I felt sorry for her. I felt badly because you could feel that she was alone. The others who work here--you know if they don't make it as actresses or singers, they will survive nicely. They have that sense of security of having a family to fall back on. Madonna never gave that impression."
Thanks to Bridgette MarieMadonna discovered, at the age of 20 in 1979, that she could earn up to $100 for a days work of nude modeling, compared with $50 for eight grueling hours waitressing. Soon, she was modeling nude for private groups of three or four. She later recalled, "I was in really good shape, and I was slightly underweight, so you could see my muscle definition and my skeleton. I was one of their favorite models because I was so easy to draw. So I sort of made the rounds and got to know these people in a friendly kind of way."
Martin Schreiber, one of the nude photographers, had this to say about Madonna, "Sometimes models would come in and be flamboyant and gregarious and talk with everyone. Madonna came in very quiet...she came in wearing pajama bottoms, like a little girl...Once we went to a party in a loft on the Lower East Side, and she wore those same pajama bottoms! There were people of all ages there, and a couple of little kids. She prefered to sit on the wooden floor and play with them. I wanted her to be interested in me, but she wasn't."
Thanks to Bridgette MarieIn 1980, Madonna established a band called "Emmy" with Detroit-native drummer Steve Bray.
Thanks to Bridgette MarieDuring 1982, one of Madonna's closest friends was Erica Bell. Bell once said, "I was intrigued with Madonna before she kissed me. But I can tell you one thing; once Madonna kisses you, you stay kissed."
Thanks to Bridgette MarieMadonna's 1984 breakthrough hit "Holiday" was produced by then-boyfriend John 'Jellybean" Benitez. Jellybean was an ambitious young musician from New York's barrio who had built a reputation as a mix master at the club Fun House. Benitez and Madonna, although from very different backgrounds, shared ambition and a knack for self promotion. Unfortunately their tempestuous on-again off-again relationship, which lasted two years and nearly led to marriage, was undermined by one of the traits they both shared: an undeniable aversion to fidelity.
Thanks to Bridgette MarieIn 1985 Madonna embarked on her first tour ever called "The Virgin Tour" where she performed ten of her current hits. She also performed in the Live Aid Concert where she sang "Love Makes The World Go 'Round", "Into The Groove", and "Holiday".
Thanks to Bridgette MarieA week before Live Aid, Playboy had published some nude photos of Madonna, so she taunted the Live Aid Crowd by wearing a full-length fur coat in the summer hear. "I aint taking s*** off today. I don't want to hear about it later."
Thanks to Bridgette MarieIn 1985, when asked about how she got into dancing, Madonna had this to say:"When I was in the tenth grade I knew a girl who was a serious ballet dancer. She looked smarter than your average girl, but in an interesting, off-beat way. So I attached myself to her and she brought me to a ballet class, and that's where I met Christopher Flynn, who saved me from my highschool turmoil. he had a ballet school in Rochester. It was beautiful. I didn't know what I was doing, really. I was with these really professional ballet dancers. I had only studied jazz up to then, so I had to work twice as hard as anybody else and Christopher Flynn was impressed with me. He saw my body changing and how hard I worked. I really loved him. He was my first taste of what I thought was an artistic person. I remember once I had a towel wrapped around my head like a turban. He came over to me and he said 'You know, you're really beautiful.' I said 'What?' Nobody had ever said that to me before. He said, 'You have an ancient-looking face. A face like an ancient-roman statue.' I was flabbergasted. I knew that I was interesting and of course I was voluptuous for my age, but I'd never had a sense of myself being beautiful until he told me. The way he said it, it was an internal thing, much deeper than superficial beauty. He educated me, he took me to museums and told me about art. He was my mentor, my father, my imaginitive lover, my brother, everything, beacuse he understood me. He encouraged me to go to New York. He was the one who said I could do it if I wanted to."
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